Meet The Studio


What does it take to be a Darling?

There is no one size fits all solution – we are a diverse group of architects, designers and masterplanners from all over the world, each passionate about designing beautiful architecture in which people can live, work and relax.


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Alastair Roberts, Director
Director

Alastair Roberts

Alex Mason - Darling Associates
Interior Designer

Alex Mason

Alex Cook - Darling Associates
Associate

Alexander Cook

Architectural Assistant

Alexandra Baker

Architectural Assistant

Alice Kaiser

Anastasia_Ferrucci - Architectural Assistant, Darling Associates
Associate

Anastasia Ferrucci

Andrew Barber - Darling Associates
Director

Andrew Barber

Athina Athiana - Architectural Assistant - Darling Associates
Architect

Athina Athiana

Interior Designer

Ayah Dauleh

Bartosz Salamon - Darling Associates
Associate

Bartosz Salamon

Interior Designer

Beckie Grady

Cameron Farrell - Darling Associates
Architectural Assistant

Cameron Farrell

Architect

Carla de Moraes

Project Director

Carmel Jones

Carolina Andreoli - Darling Associates
Architect

Carolina Andreoli

Carolina Rodriguez - Project Director, Darling Associates
Technical Director

Carolina Rodriguez

Catriona Toner - Darling Associates
Architect

Catriona Toner

Architect

Celina Silva

Chris Darling - Darling Associates Architects
Managing Director

Chris Darling

Chryssa Tsevreni - Darling Associates
Architect

Chryssa Tsevreni

Interior Designer

Darren Buckley

Dominic Cole - Darling Associates
Associate

Dominic Cole

Interior Designer

Eve Jeffries

Fabrizio Maiorano - Architect, Darling Associates
Architect

Fabrizio Maiorano

Architect

Farah Marreiros

Fiona Shaw
Architectural Assistant

Fiona Shaw

Associate

Floreana Piano

Finance Manager

Gabette Betsi

Architect

Gabriella Dima

Director

Gareth Watkins

Guy Adams, Architect - Darling Associates
Architect

Guy Adams

Associate

James Le Ball

James Shaw - Darling Associates
Architectural Assistant

James Shaw

Interior Designer

Jane Hulse

BIM Manager

Javier Iruzubieta

Practice Manager

Jenny Cunliffe

John Blakeman - Darling Associates
Interior Designer

John Blakeman

Architect

Jules Karczewski

Administrative Assistant

Kate Cohoon

Architect

Katharine Bracey

Project Director

Kieran Hibbs

Associate

Laura Podda

Lauren Bennett - Darling Associates
Associate

Lauren Bennett

Managing Director (Manchester)

Lee Bradley

Architect

Lee Cohen

Lina Noueiri - Darling Associates
Architectural Assistant

Lina Noueiri

Liz Moran RIBA, Director - Darling Associates
Director

Liz Moran

Associate (Interior Design)

Louise Walker

Luna - Office Dog, Darling Associates
Office Dog

Luna

Maria Lander - Practice Manager
Practice Manager

Maria Lander

Marta Orlowska - Darling Associates
Finance Assistant

Marta Orlowska

Melissa D'Souza - Darling Associates
HR Director

Melissa D’Souza

Interior Designer

Mike Davies

Architect

Nikolai Almeida

Nora Szeibel
Associate

Nora Szeibel

Oliver Card - Associate, Darling Associates
Associate (Graphic Design)

Oliver Card

Rachael Jones - Darling Associates
Associate

Rachael Jones

Richard Houghton - Darling Associates
Chairman

Richard Houghton

Robert Fowler - Darling Associates
Finance Manager

Robert Fowler

Rupert Calvert - Darling Associates
Associate

Rupert Calvert

Project Director

Sally Gray

Samantha Litherland - Darling Associates
Architectural Assistant

Samantha Litherland

Interior Designer

Simon Ellis

Architect

Sophie Grabiner

Sophie Momodu - Receptionist - Darling Associates
Admin/Receptionist

Sophie Momodu

Tabby Bhuiyan - Darling Associates
Project Director

Tabby Bhuiyan

Thomas Bartram - Darling Associates
Associate

Thomas Bartam

Tibor Szakaly
Technical Director

Tibor Szakaly

Director

Tomas Pierce

Admin & Support

Tracey Morris

Uxue Erro Perez
Architect

Uxue Erro Perez

Valia Gliati, Project Director
Project Director

Valia Gliati

Associate

Vania Piccioli

Yulema Zamora - Darling Associates
Architect

Yulema Zamora

Director

Alastair Roberts

London, UK

Alastair joined Darling Associates in 2018 as a Director in the London studio.

He is responsible for a number of high profile complex mixed-use commercial and urban masterplan projects in the UK.

In addition to ‘front-ending’ initial site design and development appraisal projects with clients and the project team, Alastair leads both the design and implementation of projects through to successful implementation on site.

In his previous roles at NORR and ESA Design, Alastair specialised in the office, business park, retail, leisure, hotel, residential and mixed-use sectors both in the UK and Europe.

Interior Designer

Alex Mason

Manchester, UK

Associate

Alexander Cook

London, UK

Alexander joined Darling Associates in February 2019 and is currently responsible for a series of projects in London and around the UK specialising in commercial and residential sectors.

His skills range from developing the initial brief and delivering initial conceptual work, the detailed design and key planning stages of a project through to its delivery and completion, whilst working closely with the client, design and contractor teams at each of these key stages. His particular expertise is in frontend design, taking projects from concept to developed scheme design, utilising 3D modelling and visualisation.

Alexander has previously gained over 8 years of experience in the architectural industry working for a number of London based & design-led, top 10 AJ100 practices. During this time he has managed projects from inception to completion, working alongside a number of high profile private sector clients. His portfolio includes schemes that vary in scale across numerous sectors, including commercial office, residential, retail, and hotels.

Architectural Assistant

Alexandra Baker

London, UK

Alex joined Darling Associates in 2018 as a Part II Architectural Assistant and is currently studying towards her Part III.

She is helping to deliver 120 Moorgate, a 12,400 m2 8-storey mixed-use shell and core redevelopment in the City of London. Her current role has involved the construction detailing of the contemporary precast concrete and other façades, and subsequently the roofing and internal packages. Now progressing well on site, she is working with the novated team to deliver the refurbishment to program.

Prior to joining Darling Associates, she worked in London for 2 years, where she was involved in the design and delivery of a multi-award winning £120m luxury mixed-use scheme, Buckingham Green, in the heart of Westminster.

Alex has worked across a number of project sectors and scales, including listed buildings and refurbishments in conservation areas, private residential and developer-led schemes.

Architectural Assistant

Alice Kaiser

Manchester, UK

Alice has worked at Darling Associates since joining in 2015 as a Part I Architectural Assistant. She has continued to work at the practice whilst studying for her Part II qualification at Sheffield Hallam University, which she completed in June 2019.

Whilst at Darling Associates she has been involved with a number of schemes, most notably Hotel Indigo in Bath.

On this project, she has assisted the architects with the production of drawings and drawing management, as well as liaising with the interior designers.

During her Part II course, Alice has received two prizes both related to forming briefs for her design projects. She is a creative individual with strong attention to detail and is a good team player. Outside of the office, Alice enjoys travelling and learning about the architecture of different countries.

Associate

Anastasia Ferrucci

London, UK

Director

Andrew Barber

Manchester, UK

Andrew brings with him the experience of working for a large variety of projects and practice types and size. Drawing on this enables him to adopt the most appropriate approach to the execution of a scheme.
He enjoys the challenge of balancing client aspirations and sensitivities with relevant design concepts. Working at a senior level in a number of practices has brought into sharp focus the realities of maintaining good client relations combined with an effective design team leadership.

Heading up teams on multi-million pound, multi-disciplinary projects have routinely involved the need to head client liaison and presentation, while providing technical expertise. This has required the need for the flexibility to prioritise workload, multi-task and liaise effectively to ensure that projects are controlled aesthetically and financially to the satisfaction of clients.

Andrew believes that the key to a successful project is to develop a mutual trust and understanding between well-informed team members, which in turn contributes to exceeding client expectations.

Architect

Athina Athiana

London, UK

Athina joined Darling Associates in 2019 as an Architect. She is currently working on office buildings and mixed-use residential schemes from initial concept to detailed design and construction documents.

Athina graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, where she acquired a Masters in Architectural Design. Her design thesis project was awarded the Design Thesis Prize and the Computational Prize of the Year. She also holds a 5-year Diploma in Architectural Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where she also graduated with Honours. She is a qualified Architect and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and ARB.

Prior to joining Darling Associates, she has worked in studios based in Greece and the Netherlands, working on a wide range of residential, retail and urban design projects of different scales.

Interior Designer

Ayah Dauleh

Manchester

Associate

Bartosz Salamon

London, UK

Prior to joining Darling Associates in 2014, Bartosz has worked on a range of architectural projects in Poland, San Diego, Dublin and Berlin.

He has experience in delivering of a broad range of projects including large-scale residential developments, refurbishment, masterplanning and commercial projects.

Interior Designer

Beckie Grady

Manchester, UK

Architectural Assistant

Cameron Farrell

London, UK

Architect

Carla de Moraes

London, UK

Carla graduated from the School of Architecture, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1995 and has worked with Darling Associates for over 15 years.

She has been involved and responsible for the design, management and delivery of a broad range of projects including large-scale residential developments, luxury residential and commercial projects both new builds and refurbishments including listed buildings.

She now works as a technical architect on a variety of projects.

Project Director

Carmel Jones

Manchester, UK

Carmel joined Darling Associates in 2009 where she has specialised in the leisure sector. Her recent works include a 166-bed hotel in Bath.
Her other projects include the 4-star Belsfield hotel, working alongside high profile interior designers Laura Ashley.
Along with her knowledge of restaurants, Carmel worked on ‘The Booking Office’, Edinburgh Waverley and The Windmill, Stansted Airport.

Carmel studied architecture at the University of Huddersfield and qualified as an architect in 2014. She has experience in working with traditional contracts, specialising in conservation and working on several listed buildings.

Architect

Carolina Andreoli

London, UK

Carolina joined Darling Associates in 2014.
Since then she has been involved in a variety of office and residential projects from affordable to high-end developments in London.

Currently, she is working on a variety of residential projects including PRS and luxury residential.

In 2013, Carolina graduated as an Architect from the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and prior to joining Darling Associates, she worked in a small architecture office in South East London for over a year. She was responsible for the design, from conception and feasibility through to planning and tender stage of residential extensions, conversions and new builds.

Carolina has a strong sense of design and is willing to expand her experience and portfolio in residential work further.

Technical Director

Carolina Rodriguez

London, UK

Carolina moved to London in 2005 to study a Masters in Architectural History & Theory, joining Darling Associates the following year.

She studied architecture in Chile and has worked on educational projects and transport developments.

At Darling Associates, Carolina was responsible for the delivery of residential and office refurbishments projects in London before becoming team leader on the high-profile luxury residential project One Hyde Park. Her role on this project gained her the title of Associate.

As Project Director, Carolina worked on the high-end residential project Audley Square House in Mayfair.

Now a Technical Director, Carolina is currently working on a series of housing developments for clients such as Eutopia Homes, Top Hat and Welbeck Land.

Architect

Catriona Toner

London, UK

Catriona joined Darling Associates in 2014. Since then she has been involved in a variety of projects in London and the UK, specialising in the residential and commercial sectors. Projects include new build offices, residential towers, mixed-use developments and refurbishments of Grade II Listed Buildings.

Current projects include the refurbishment and extension of a Central London hotel and the change of use of a Grade II Listed school into a nursing home. Catriona was also part of the team that successfully delivered the recently completed 3 Glass Wharf, a new build office in Bristol, where she gained significant technical design and site experience.

Catriona graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2011 and prior to joining Darling Associates she worked on small scale residential projects, from inception through to completion, for private clients in Ireland. Catriona enjoys working with all members of the design and construction team and values comprehensive coordination in design.

Architect

Celina Silva

London, UK

Celina joined Darling Associates in 2012 as a Receptionist after having finished a Bachelor Degree in Architecture and a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Her skills were soon used as an architectural assistant whilst still working with the admin team. She then continued her studies to achieve Part II, whilst still working part-time as an Architectural Assistant.,

Working across a variety of sectors, Celina’s responsibilities involve the preparation, development of drawings, visuals and other documents relating to design and management of projects. In addition, she works collaboratively to develop design options for further discussion within the design team.

She is currently working on Project Brunel, a Major 210,000 sq ft new-build office development in Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, adjacent to
3 Glass Wharf.

Celina graduated from the RIBA North West in 2019 and has gained all her experience whilst working for Darling Associates. She has since joining worked on a range of projects including large-scale residential developments, listed buildings, developments in conservation areas, refurbishment and commercial projects.

Managing Director

Chris Darling

London, UK

Chris set up Darling Associates Architecture in 2003, drawing on his wide-ranging experience and quickly established the company as a leading design-led practice. He offers vision and leadership in all our projects, ensuring the highest of standards in both design output and client satisfaction.

After studying Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, he was awarded a Carnegie Scholarship for design and graduated with honours. Chris joined Frederick Gibberd where he was appointed Principal Associate. His main achievement was a 30,000 sqm retail centre involving extensive urban improvements.

After ten years at Gibberd, he joined Terry Farrell and Partners where he was responsible for the practice’s Crossrail team before joining Hamilton Associates in 1994. At Hamilton’s, he worked on a mixture of the workplace and major residential projects and was appointed an Equity Director in 1997. He was responsible for 40 Berkeley Square, Cambridge Business Park offices schemes together with major residential projects in London at Richmond Bridge, Artillery Mansions and Trevor Square.

Chris’ interest lies with developing an architectural language around the principles of proportion, harmony and the careful selection and detailing of materials. Whilst his expertise lies in the areas of residential, hotel and offices design, he pushes the practice forward into new and constantly evolving territory, always striving to ensure the approach remains fresh and the highest standards are achieved.

Outside the office, he is an enthusiastic yachtsman and a keen member of Itchenor Sailing Club.

Architect

Chryssa Tsevreni

London, UK

Chryssa joined Darling Associates in 2019.

She graduated from the National Technical University of Athens School of Architecture in 2011 and prior to joining Darling Associates, she worked in Athens and London for 7 years.

She was responsible for the design and delivery of a broad range of projects across sectors and scales including new-built residential, education and commercial developments, as well as high-end refurbishment projects.

She also specialises in Building Information Modelling having worked on projects of various scales in Greece and the UK.

 

Interior Designer

Darren Buckley

Manchester, UK

Associate

Dominic Cole

London, UK

Dominic joined Darling Associates in March 2016. He is a Project Architect with a broad experience of building types and procurement routes on projects of varying values typically between £3.5 million to £24 million.

He thrives on project design delivery, taking projects from initial stages, through construction on site to completion. With over 20 years architectural experience and 10-year post part 3, He has gained valuable experience both on and off-site working on high profile education projects, performing key roles on swimming pool buildings and dry side sports leisure facilities, working within teams and managing the design teams.

His most recent sector experience is a luxury residential project and prior to that in science, research and conference projects and Ministry of Defence facilities.

Interior Designer

Eve Jeffries

Manchester, UK

Architect

Fabrizio Maiorano

Architect

Farah Marreiros

London, UK

Architectural Assistant

Fiona Shaw

London, UK

Fiona first joined Darling Associates in 2017 after completing her undergraduate studies at the Welsh School of Architecture. Whilst working as a Part I, she continued to study, undertaking the first year of her Master’s degree part-time, before returning to graduate in the summer of 2019.

Current projects include multi-use developments, commercial buildings, high-end residential and interior design.

Associate

Floreana Piano

London, UK

Floreana graduated as an Architect and Building Engineer from the University of Cagliari in Sardinia with first-class honours in 2005. After gaining a year of experience working at AMC Association where she was involved in a wide variety of projects, she moved to London.

Floreana joined Darling Associates in 2007 and since then she has been an integral part of the team, involved in numerous successfully delivered schemes across London, Abu Dhabi and Sydney.

She has predominantly worked in various luxury residential schemes such as One Hyde Park and One Tower Bridge for Berkeley Homes, where she led the team from concept to site.

Floreana has been involved in One Sydney Harbour project and been responsible for the interior design of Renzo Piano’s three residential towers. For this project, she relocated to Sydney for a few months and coordinated the project directly with the client.

She is currently involved in a number of office and residential projects in central London for Cheval Property.

Finance Manager

Gabette Betsi

London, UK

Architect

Gabriella Dima

Manchester, UK

Gabriella joined Darling Associates in 2017 where she has been specialising in the leisure and hospitality sectors. She has also worked on residential schemes.

She is currently coordinating the Holiday Inn project in Winchester which has a 150 cover restaurant. For this, she is working along with the interior designer for the production and the management of drawings as well as liaising with the other professionals involved in the project.

Gabriella studied architecture at Sapienza, University of Rome where she graduated with honours and qualified as an architect in 2016. Prior to Darling Associates, she worked as an architectural assistant in a service company, where she worked on retail and hospitality projects.

Director

Gareth Watkins

London, UK

Gareth’s keen eye for ensuring an extremely high threshold of design quality, combined with his commitment to delivering the very best outputs and value for clients, is paramount to his professional approach.

His expertise perfectly reflects that of the wider practice, with an extensive focus on major residential projects.  However, among all of the Darling Associates Directors, he also has the most active experience in designing and delivering industrial and commercial projects.  In addition to his client projects, Gareth’s leadership responsibilities extend to business development, client relationship management and finance.

Gareth maintains a very measured and level headed manner and is well regarded by colleagues for bringing a calming approach, and taking the lead, in any challenging situations that may arise during the course of the working day.   His approachable, proactive and diligent attitude has held him in good stead for developing long-lasting relationships with many repeat clients.

In addition, Gareth is engaged on several commercial and residential projects on or around Brompton Road in Knightsbridge for APML Estate, including Montpellier House, OneOneSix (Moreau House), 160 Brompton Road, and 122 Brompton Road.

Architect

Guy Adams

London, UK

Guy joined Darling Associates for the first time in 2013 as a Part I Architectural Assistant. Building on experience and skills gained from practice in surveying and project management, he has been engaged in the construction phase of projects whilst also working on the development of complex mixed-use projects involving sensitive planning and conservation considerations.

Guy has a breadth of project types in his experience covering both high-end and affordable residential, commercial office and detailed involvement in the design of a children’s nursery at the Lollard street scheme.
During his time he has developed an appreciation for the value of comprehensive coordination in design and used these skill to become a key team member on a number of projects.

Guy rejoined the practice in 2016 following his Masters in Architecture and has since has led the completion of Axtell House where he gained significant technical design and site experience. Guy has since applied his learning to two planning application scheme at Seaforth Place and Film House. Guy qualified in August 2019 with distinction from
Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Associate

James Le Ball

London, UK

 

Architectural Assistant

James Shaw

London, UK

James joined Darling Associates in 2017. He is currently working on a series of projects in London and around the UK specialising in residential and commercial sectors.

Currently researching the neglected uses of green space within urban areas in the light of twentieth-century and early twenty-first-century planning theories. The aim of the thesis is to articulate a new type of urban space through design and fieldwork.

James graduated from the Kent School of Architecture in 2014 and prior to joining Darling Associates, he worked in Kent and briefly in New Zealand. He has been responsible for the design and delivery of a broad range of projects including large-scale residential developments, bespoke individual dwellings, developments in conservation areas, master planning, commercial projects.

Interior Designer

Jane Hulse

Manchester, UK

Jane studied interior design at Liverpool College and qualified as an interior designer in 1990. From leaving she went to work at Richard Daniels as a junior Interior Designer gaining experience in Hotel Design. Jane has gained experience across a broad spectrum of design sectors that include restaurants, bar design, hotels and gardens.

Since joining Darling Associates in 2015, Jane has been involved with a number of schemes, most notably the Indigo Hotels in Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon. Throughout these projects, she has assisted the architects and interior designers with the production of drawings.

BIM Manager

Javier Iruzubieta

London, UK

Javier joined Darling Associates in 2019. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the DAA BIM system to drive production quality and efficiency as well as overseeing and monitoring staff Revit training and development.

His is experienced in delivering BIM on a variety of project types from large residential to hotel, offices and BIM Level 2 healthcare projects.

Javier graduated from the School of Architecture, University of Seville in 2014, specialising in BIM Management after having completed his MSc at the University of the West of England. Prior to joining Darling Associates, he worked in London for 3 and a half years, driving the adoption and implementation of BIM across the construction industry.

He was involved in two major NHS funded BIM Level 2 projects, acting as Task Information Manager and Information Manager, driving and guiding the client and consultants during the entire process and ensuring NHS Information Requirements and Standards were always met.

Practice Manager

Jenny Cunliffe

Manchester, UK

Interior Designer

John Blakeman

Manchester, UK

Architect

Jules Karczewski

Manchester, UK

Jules graduated from Manchester and soon joined Benedict Smith Associates where he was instrumental in the creation of the ‘Village’ quarter of the city with the design of Manto, a contemporary bar in Canal Street.

Locating to Taiwan and then to Hong Kong in 1991, he was responsible for the design of many high rise commercial and residential projects in the emerging China market and the Pacific Rim including the refurbishment of one of Hong Kong’s iconic hotels, the Peninsula.

Invited back to Manchester in 1997 to set up the in-house architecture studio for Carol Ainscow’s Artisan, an independent developer/contractor, Jules was responsible for the first city centre loft-style apartments. Jules went on to design and site manage the Albion Works project, a large residential and office development, one of the pioneering developments in the emerging Ancoats district of Manchester.

Since joining Darling Associates in 2013, Jules has been responsible for the design of a number of challenging projects in the residential, hotel and leisure sectors.

Administrative Assistant

Kate Cohoon

Architect

Katharine Bracey

London, UK

Katharine joined Darling Associates in 2016 and has progressed through her architectural qualifications whilst working full time. She qualified as an Architect in 2019 with a distinction from London Metropolitan University.

Katharine has worked across a number of project sectors and scales, including high-end private residential and developer-led schemes.

She is currently delivering a £17.5million fit-out scheme in Mayfair, in collaboration with prestigious interior designers based in Paris. Through efficient, tenacious co-ordination and review of Stage 3 hand-over information, DAA has secured a second penthouse scheme within the same development.

Prior to joining DAA, Katharine has acted as an Architectural Specialist head hunter, working with leading practices to develop their management teams. She has lectured at the Bartlett and Manchester School of Architecture during their Careers lecture series. She is a member of NAWIC and actively engages within the architectural industry.

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Project Director

Kieran Hibbs

Manchester, UK

Kieran joined Darling Associates (formerly Architect CT) initially as a Part I Architectural Assistant in 2011. Following a stint at the University of Liverpool Capital Projects team, Kieran rejoined in March 2013 during his studies for his M.Arch and has remained with Darling Associates since. He specialises in the hospitality and leisure sectors, and working alongside Interior Designers has overseen and managed several multi-million-pound refurbishments and new-build pub projects.

Kieran qualified as an Architect in 2017 from the University of Huddersfield and has particular experience with traditional contracts and experience working on several Listed Buildings.

Outside of the studio, Kieran enjoys travelling and is a keen rugby player, captaining Stockport RUFC 1st XV for 4 seasons. He also plays across a range of other sports including cycling and triathlons.

Associate

Laura Podda

London, UK

After studying Architecture and Building Engineer at the University of Cagliari, Italy, she went on to work for Massimiliano Fuksas’ architectural practice in Rome. While there she worked on international and local projects of different natures, ranging from design competitions to working drawings. Her main project achievement was the New European Congress Centre in Rome, which she followed through all the stages of the design process.

After two years at Fuksas’ she joined Fosters and Partners in London in 2007 and has since worked on the Central Market Project in Abu Dhabi, being involved in the design of the project through to overseeing construction.
In 2009 she relocated to Abu Dhabi, joining the Central Market team on site.

On-site, she was working in a team performing aesthetic supervision of the works, quality control, factory visits and tender reviews, liaising with the client, the design team and various contractors.
She relocated to the London head office of F+P in 2012, working on a variety of prestigious projects such as the Zayed National Museum in collaboration with the British Museum, the interior design and fit-out of the Index Office tower, the winning competition of the Mobility Pavilion for Dubai 2020.

In June 2016 she joined Darling Associates Architects team and has since worked on a new office building in Bristol and a high profile residential project in central London which is about to be completed on-site.

Associate

Lauren Bennett

London, UK

Managing Director (Manchester)

Lee Bradley

Manchester, UK

Lee graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a First Class Honours degree and the art prize for his year and went on to lecture there for some years.

He began working for Darling Associates (formerly Architect CT) as an interior designer in 2001 and has a significant role to play in the business’ sustained success.

In 2007, Lee was promoted to Head of Design and led on the principles of quality, attention to detail and service that continue to make Darling Associates a first-class partner in any development. After 10 years of work at the practice, Lee was appointed as a Director and now runs several teams of strong professionals over a varied body of work.

Lee has specialised within leisure industry design including hotels, spas and food and beverage developments from conception to delivery. He has worked on various Listed Buildings throughout the UK. Key projects have included: the 5* award-winning country spa and leisure hotel Ellenborough Park; Cumbria tourist award-winning Belsfield Hotel at Bowness-on-Windermere, and many logistically challenging airport and Network Rail projects.

Under Lee’s direction, Darling Associates’ hospitality design work has led to notable awards including the International Food and Beverage (FAB) Awards for the Windmill at Stansted Airport (Best Restaurant – Transport Space), and The Red Lion at Gatwick (Best World Airport Bar). The practice has also received nominations for the Northern Design Awards and the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.

Architect

Lee Cohen

Manchester, UK

Lee studied architecture at the University of Sheffield and qualified as an architect in 1989. He has been involved with both traditional and D&B contracts, working on projects dealing with conservation areas and listed buildings.

He has gained a wide range of experience in various building sectors including- healthcare, office accommodation, housing, leisure & ecclesiastical.

Since joining Darling Associates in 2017, Lee has been responsible for various schemes within the hospitality & leisure sector including airside projects at Gatwick and Stansted airports.

Architectural Assistant

Lina Noueiri

London, UK

Lina joined Darling Associates in February 2019 as a Part 1 Architectural assistant upon graduating her BA(Hons) in Architecture. She is currently working under director Tomas Pierce on a number of small to large-scale projects in the earlier stages of planning.

Current projects include the development of a high-density residential scheme in Salford, a modular-homes scheme which is smaller in scale, the extension of a grade II listed hotel in the centre of London, and the redesigning of a community/children’s’ club in south London with added residential units above.

Lina graduated from the University of Westminster with a second upper-class honours in 2018, and prior to that had obtained a distinction when undertaking a foundation course in Art and Design at Oxford Brookes University. Her previous work experience was with smaller firms in either Oxford and London, where the focus was placed more on extensions of residential homes or newbuild small-scale homes, eventually settling at Darling Associates to obtain her year-out experience.

Director

Liz Moran

London, UK

A driving force within the commercial and residential design teams at Darling Associates, Liz works in close collaboration with her clients to deliver inventive and efficient solutions and cultivates a progressive workplace culture through a hands-on management approach and active social calendar.

 Liz has been with Darling Associates since 2010, having previously gained experience in Washington DC, Dublin and Athens. With over 25 years’ experience in large-scale commercial and residential design across the world, she handles planning and delivery of projects from inception to completion, meeting complex challenges with foresight, diplomacy and a wealth of experience to deliver the best result for the client.

Past and present projects include the major 3 Glass Wharf commercial building in Bristol; The Fitzrovia Set, a collection of eight luxury apartments near Regent Street; and the major refurbishment and extension of 6 Agar Street, a West End office building on the edge of Covent Garden.

Within the studio, Liz is responsible for the welfare of the growing Darling Associates’ team, from working dynamics and talent retention to workflow resourcing and ensuring diversity across the practice. She is active in running the studio’s social calendar, including trips away and team building events, helping strengthen relationships within the team and engendering a strong community spirit.

As one of Darling Associates’ key spokespeople for the AR Women in Architecture programme, Liz channels her passions for industry inclusivity into networking events and mentoring programmes aimed at supporting young architects.  She is also keen to see a more formal discussion around the contribution that women can make to the architecture profession, with the belief that female architects often undersell themselves.

Associate (Interior Design)

Louise Walker

Manchester, UK

Louise graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003 getting her first employment offer at her final degree show. Following this,
she gained experience across a broad spectrum of design sectors. These include restaurant and bar design to hotels and offices.

Louise joined Darling Associates (formerly Architect CT) in 2014 working on a new brand concept for a hotel in central London. Following this, she had a significant part to play in winning the interior design contract for Indigo Hotel, Bath for client Somerston Capital. Building on this success, Darling Associates were awarded the interior design contracts for several other hotels, including Indigo Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon where Louise heads up the interior design team.

She has experience working with architects both in-house and with external practices, along with site management. Louise continues to manage and develop a well-respected hotel interior team within Darling Associates.

Office Dog

Luna

London, UK

Practice Manager

Maria Lander

London, UK

Finance Assistant

Marta Orlowska

London, UK

HR Director

Melissa D’Souza

London, UK

Interior Designer

Mike Davies

Architect

Nikolai Almeida

Associate

Nora Szeibel

London, UK

Nora joined Darling Associates in 2010 where she has specialised in the commercial and residential sector.
After following through all working stages she recently completed the large scale mixed-use (residential and education) scheme of Lollard Street with 89 affordable and private residential units and a new build nursery.
Her recent works include the design of a dementia care homes at Prince’s Square and Abbey Road, an office refurbishment and extension in Soho and a mixed-use scheme at Seaforth Place.

She previously worked on high-end residential projects such as One Tower Bridge, Charing Cross Road, Kew Bridge West and a residential scheme at Chadwick Road containing private and affordable apartments.

Nora studied architecture at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary. She has worked in a number of practices throughout her student and working life including 4D Architect Studio 2007-2008 and Tanos and Vonnak Architect Studio 2005-2006 in Hungary.

Nora moved to the UK in 2008 when she joined KCA Architects where she worked on a large scale student housing scheme. Later that year she joined Charles Barclay Architects where she worked on a number of small scale residential projects for private clients.

Associate (Graphic Design)

Oliver Card

London, UK

Associate

Rachael Jones

London, UK

Rachael joined Darling Associates in 2014 and comes from a diverse background in commercial, residential and automotive projects in the UK.

Rachael has extensive experience in high-end residential projects in Central London including refurbishments of Grade II Listed properties and mixed-use developments.

Rachael is currently working on a number of projects at various stages in Central London and was part of the team that successfully delivered 3 Glass Wharf, a new-build office in Bristol.

Rachael enjoys working with all members of the design and construction team to deliver projects from inception through to completion.

Chairman

Richard Houghton

London, UK

Finance Manager

Robert Fowler

London, UK

Associate

Rupert Calvert

London, UK

Rupert joined Darling Associates in 2011 as a Part I Architectural Assistant and has continued to add to his skill set since then and grown to be a valuable asset to the office.

Rupert has experience in commercial, residential and mixed-use schemes within Central London including extensions and refurbishments of Grade II Listed properties.

Rupert is currently working on a number of high profile projects at various stages in Central London.

Rupert enjoys working with all members of the design and construction team to deliver projects from inception through to completion.

Project Director

Sally Gray

Manchester, UK

Architectural Assistant

Samantha Litherland

London, UK

Samantha first joined Darling Associates in 2019 after completing her Masters at the Welsh School of Architecture.

Samantha has worked across a number of project sectors and scales, including high-end private residential and developer-led schemes.

Currently, her projects include multi-use developments, commercial buildings, high-end and small scale residential.

With the support of Darling Associates Samantha also worked to deliver international charitable projects for communities in need. She has recently come back from Zambia where she delivered 4 classrooms and a teachers office as part of the expansion of a primary school.

Interior Designer

Simon Ellis

Manchester, UK

Architect

Sophie Grabiner

London, UK

Admin/Receptionist

Sophie Momodu

London, UK

Project Director

Tabby Bhuiyan

London, UK

Tabby joined Darling Associates in 2006 where she has specialised in the commercial, residential and leisure sectors. Her recent works include a number of high-end residential projects such as 60 Curzon Street, 20 Victoria Gardens in Notting Hill Gate and 140-142 Great Portland Street in Westminster. Her experience with large-scale office refurbishment projects includes 160 Brompton Road in Knightsbridge.

Her other projects include the award-winning Boundary Road, Fermoy Road and Great Peter Street residential developments.

Tabby studied architecture at the University of Greenwich and qualified as an architect in 2005. She has worked in a number of practices throughout her student and working life including the Graham Seabrook Partnership 2000-2001 and Jefferson Sheard Architects Ltd 2003-2006. She has also worked for the government-funded architecture trust ‘The Architecture Centre’ where she helped put together redevelopment competitions to regenerate local areas.

She has experience in a variety of sectors including retail and healthcare and her previous corporate clients include HSBC and Marks & Spencer.

Associate

Thomas Bartam

London, UK

Thomas joined Darling Associates in 2014, following 5 years at Foster + Partners. Since joining, Thomas has been working on a selection of residential projects ranging from affordable to high end, including Ashbridge Street, Woodberry Park and 35 Marylebone High Street.

Thomas graduated from the School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University in 2009. Prior to joining Darling Associates, he worked for Foster + Partners in London, on a range of international projects in Moscow, Hong Kong, and Morocco, alongside residential and commercial projects in central London.

Current projects include the interior architecture of a 183 residential unit scheme in North London, incorporating pool/gym/spa facilities and a high-end residential development consisting of 19 apartments and 5 Townhouses, working alongside Dixon Jones Architects.

Technical Director

Tibor Szakaly

London, UK

Tibor has a strong technical knowledge which he obtained at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary. After the completion of his M.Sc. in Architecture and Building Engineering in 2008, he joined London based Charles Barclay Architects where he has worked on an extensive number of small scale residential projects from RIBA stages 2 to 7.

Since joining Darling Associates in 2010 Tibor’s main responsibility was the detail design and coordination of the construction of many projects including the Ampersand – a prestigious commercial, retail and residential scheme in central London – and Audley Square House – a new build prime high-end residential block in Mayfair.

Currently, Tibor is a technical director on 120 Moorgate, an exciting office building refurbishment  (both Cat A and Cat B) in the heart of the City of London.

Director

Tomas Pierce

London, UK

Tomas has a strong technical background in architecture which spans back to 2003 when he obtained an Architectural Technology diploma and gained an entry-level architectural experience at a small practice in Dublin. In 2007, upon completion of his BA in Architecture from Queens University in Belfast, Tomas relocated to London. He gained experience of different RIBA project stages, from design to construction, by assisting architects in a range of projects during his three-year appointment at Glenn Howell Architects.

Since joining Darling Associates in 2010, Tomas has been involved in the design as well as the production information of various schemes. His current responsibilities include the design development for a series of prestigious residential, Housing, Build to Rent (BTR), hotels, leisure and commercial projects.

Admin & Support

Tracey Morris

Manchester, UK

Architect

Uxue Erro Perez

London, UK

Project Director

Valia Gliati

London, UK

Valia graduated from London South Bank University with distinction in design and was shortlisted for the ‘President Medals 2005’ RIBA competition. She qualified at London Metropolitan University in September 2008.

Prior to her qualification, she spent one year with a small design-led practice in Athens, where she worked on residential and master planning schemes located in various Greek islands, as well as the capital.

Valia joined Darling Associates in 2006. She has successfully completed a variety of prestigious developments in West End including Saint Martins Lofts, Penthouse 59 and Portland Lofts. She is currently working on the delivery of high profile projects in different stages of development in collaboration with distinguished artists and interior designers.

Associate

Vania Piccioli

London, UK

After studying Architecture at University of Florence, Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya and qualifying as an architect in Italy, Vania joined Anna Conti Architecture in Florence, where she managed several in-house projects as well as carrying out research on contemporary housing.

In July 2006, Vania relocated to London and joined Darling Associates. Her experience has grown with the practice and she has been involved in several residential and commercial schemes.

Her portfolio includes private residential schemes in Ealing, Chelsea and Abu Dhabi, an affordable scheme in the Isle of Dogs comprising 189 apartments, hotels and commercial schemes in Ealing and Maidenhead.

Vania become part of the practice’s Design & Masterplanning team and was appointed as Associate.

Architect

Yulema Zamora